History

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All Signs Point to Wall Drug

Driving through South Dakota, visitors see hundreds of signs pointing to Wall Drug. There are signs all over the world leading to this drug store in the small t...
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The Ultimate Black Hills Bucket List

The Black Hills has a seemingly endless number of hiking trails, festivals, iconic restaurants, and unique wildlife, so it can be difficult to fit everything in...
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The Thoen Stone

While the Custer Expedition of 1874 confirmed the presence of gold and shared the finding with the world, there are other accounts that lead some researchers to...
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Gold Mining in the Black Hills

The Black Hills gold rush and the consequent local mining industry began with the Custer Expedition of 1874. As Custer led his 1000 men through the Hills, two m...
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1972 Rapid City – Black Hills Flood

Those of us who lived through that horrible night will never forget—and we hope that others will be prompted to remember the date of June 9, 1972. The mornin...
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Charles Badger Clark, Jr.

Badger Clark, poet, lecturer, and traveler, was South Dakota's Poet Laureate for twenty years. Born in Iowa, Clark was only three months old when his family cam...
Mount Rushmore Cave

Rushmore Marks 75 Years!

On August 10, 1927, Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States, spoke at Mt. Rushmore to dedicate Gutzon Borglum’s visionary project that was to becom...